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“Karoo Soul is good for any soul who likes beauty and relaxation” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages
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Orangeville, Canada
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329 reviews
124 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Karoo Soul is good for any soul who likes beauty and relaxation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2010

Best hostel we stayed in so far.
Very friendly, helpful staff. Owner KNOWS what travelers like.
Beautful house set up high so overlooks the town - stunning views, especially at sunset.
Nice pool and BBQ areas. Clean, well-stocked kitchen.
Double with ensuite cottage really nice but so are the doubles in the house (shared bathroom).
Unique art pieces all around. Birds are attracted to the yard.
Hammocks to lounge in.
We give it 10plus out of 10. Absolutely no complaints - sad to leave.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

Great hostel if you can even call it that it was so nice. We were 3 and we stayed in the main house (3 single beds). There's coffee in the morning but you have to bring your own food, which you can prepare in the kitchen. Nice pool, internet is slow, laundry available for 50 Rand.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank genabbott
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2010

Travelled with two friends and had a great room for three in the main house. Nice layout to the property.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rumney36
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Paris, France
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53 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2010

This hostel is a hidden secret! After a month of backpacking in SA, we consider this as the most beautiful hostel we stayed in. A very warm welcome and huge twin rooms at an unbeatable price makes this place your top choice in Oudtshoorn. Get a west facing twin room (much better than the stone cottage), enjoy a nice view and have a sun downer from your bed or the terrace. Very quiet and absolutely recommendable!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Inn2TheWild
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Spain
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2010

I arrived in Outdshoorn having stayed ath Outdshoorn backpackers a few years back and I was looking for something different. Karoo Soul was just what we wanted. We tend to self cater and the kitchen was in great up keep, acutally everything seemed to be brand new. They put food out in the morning including eggs and bread and such and you can prepare your own breakfast how you want. We stayed in the main house and had a huge bed and a leather sofa, it felt more like a B&B than a backpackers lodge. The staff were great with tour and activities, they didn't try to sell us anything but gave a discount vouchers for things we asked about. The succulent garden was a great place to kick back and relax and the blonde lady that was in charge was super friendly. One of the best backpackers on a 10 month trip!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dom444
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London
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2010

Judging by the previous reviews we wondered if we stayed at the same place! We had a great stay and only wished it could have been for longer. Our double bedroom, in the main house, was huge, clean and comfortable (perhaps better to get a room in the main house going on previous reviews). There were nice views of the surrounding landscape and we particularly enjoyed watching the sunset whilst in the hammocks with glass of wine in hand. The kitchen was fine to use but the braai area was the pick of the pair. There was a large gazebo and pool area which was nice to chill out in after a long day. We couldn't fault the place but it probably suits the more relaxed, low maintenance traveller.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LondonBones
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New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2009

We stayed two nights at Karoo Soul and had booked the double ensuite. As soon as we arrived we wanted to cancel our stay. It was a gorgeous hot summer's day and the 'garden cottage' given to us was a dark, claustrophobic shed with only a couple of barred windows, low ceilings and no outlook. The 'private courtyard' was a concreted walled area with no view or opportunity to enjoy the weather. We viewed the rooms inside the house which were MUCH nicer (wooden floors, high ceilings, great views from the big windows onto the garden), but shared a bathroom. We tried to swap rooms but they were booked. It didn't seem right that the shed was R80 more expensive... After accepting that we were stuck with the accomodation, we decided to make the best of it and just enjoyed the grounds. There is a small pool which is good for a quick cool off (the pool wasn't very clean and had a pool vaccum cleaner in it the time we were there which meant we couldn't swim.) We made use of the kitchenette that was in the room which was well set up. The bed - although two single beds pushed together - was really comfortable (my husband thought it was a bit hard) and the linen was clean. There was a strange ant issue in bed with a few of them running across pillows. The hammocks around the property at FAB, we spent a lazy afternoon / evening chilling out in the twin hammocks, having a beer and chatting while the sun went down. The lodge is too far to walk to town (and there's not much to do there anyway!) so you'll need a car. Overall, it was okay but I wouldn't recommend the double ensuite. I think that our expectations were probably too high, but thanks to the great weather we had a good time.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages
Address: 170 Langenhoven Road, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
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Ranked #17 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
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Hotel Class:4 star — Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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